What is Pet Cardiology?
Pet cardiology refers to care for your pet's heart and cardiac system. Cardiologists focus on treating heart conditions and those that could affect the cardiac system. Things like heart worm, heart murmurs, high blood pressure, and other illnesses can be treated when they're discovered through cardiac testing.
What Kind of Cardiologist Should You Look for to Treat Your Pet?
It's best to find a board-certified veterinarian who specializes in cardiology. At our animal hospital in Charlotte, we have the right equipment and knowledge to treat your pet's heart-related condition. Whether it's a murmur that you want to manage or you need to have heart worm diagnosed, we are there for you the whole way.
Veterinarians who focus on cardiology typically specialize in a 3-to-5-year training program. They are trained to diagnose and treat heart and respiratory conditions.
What Are Some Common Heart-Related Illnesses Pets Face?
Some of the common conditions that cardiologists will treat include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Congenital heart defects
- Heart muscle disease
- Changes to the valves of the heart due to age
- Cardiac tumors
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Breathing problems
What Types of Tests Can Our Vet Perform?
Some of the common tests that our veterinarian can perform to help your pet include:
- Blood pressure evaluations
- Cardiac catheterization procedures
- Balloon Valvuloplasty
- OFA Heart Registry Certification
- Holter monitoring
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Echocardiography (sonogram)
- Radiography with X-rays of the heart, chest and lungs
- Surgical repair of various types of congenital heart defects
Of course, every pet will require different tests and different combinations of tests. Our veterinarian will talk to you about the best tests to diagnose your pet's health conditions and to help develop a treatment plan.
Call Hickory Grove Animal Hospital to Set Up an Appointment Today
If you believe that your pet is struggling with tasks, is too tired or is acting lethargic, heart or lung conditions could be a cause. It's important to bring your pet in as soon as possible. You can set up an appointment with our veterinarian by calling 704-563-5858. We're able to work with you within a scheduled appointment and can handle emergencies. If you have a pet emergency, please call or come in immediately, so we can do what we can to help your pet get started on an emergency treatment plan right away. Emergencies are scary, but we have a vet on staff to help 5-and-a-half days a week. Our site also lists nearby emergency care centers where you can find a vet waiting if our office is closed.